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News :: Civil & Human Rights

New Wave of Violent Repression in Haiti - Please Help

A massive, violent upsurge in repression has occured in Haiti during the past four days, aimed at silencing the Lavalas movement and supporters of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide in Haiti. On Thursday September 30, Haitian police fired upon thousands of unarmed demonstrators who called for the return of constitutional order. On Saturday October 2, police surrounded a private radio station where three leading Lavalas parliamentarians had denounced the violence on the air. After a six hour standoff, police stormed the building and arrested them without warrant. Dozens of other Lavalas activists have been illegally arrested in the past few days, and the police have conducted raids on the populous neighborhoods of Port-au-Prince, which are the backbone of the Lavalas movement. Bel Air, located in the center of the city, is under virtual siege.

On Friday October 15th, from 6:30 to 8:30pm at United Presbyterian Church, 112 E. Beach St. in Watsonville, the Haiti Action Committee will present information gathered on a recent trip to Haiti. They will discuss the recent human rights abuses occurring there, as well as the potential for resistance and democracy taking place again in Haiti.

They will also be in Santa Cruz on Saturday October 16th, from 11am to 1pm at the Resource Center for Nonviolence.

[ Indybay's Haiti Page I Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti I Haiti Action Committee I Flashpoints Radio ]

 

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News :: Alternative Media : Government & Elections : Police State

FBI Seizes Indymedia Servers in the UK

On the morning of Thursday, October 7, US authorities issued a federal order to Rackspace ordering them to hand over information hosted on Indymedia web servers to the FBI. Rackspace, which provides hosting services for more that 20 Indymedia sites at its London facility, complied by turning over two Indymedia servers to federal authorities, effectively removing those sites from the internet.

Indymedia, a global network of independent non-corporate media organzations, had been asked last month by the FBI to remove a story about Swiss undercover police from one of the websites hosted at Rackspace. It is not known whether Thursday's order is related to that incident, however, since the order was issued to Rackspace and not to Indymedia. According to Rackspace, they "cannot provide Indymedia with any information regarding the order." ISPs have received gag orders in similar situations which prevent them from informing concerned parties about what is happening.

It is unclear to Indymedia how and why a server that is outside US jurisdiction can be seized by US authorities.

Audio: Story On Indymedia Server Snatch

FBI Coverage on IMC: FBI and Other Legal Breaking News

 

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News :: Globalization & Capitalism : Peace & War

Recording of Dr. Helen Caldicott at the Vets Hall in Santa Cruz

On October 6, Dr. Helen Caldicott, President of Nuclear Policy Research Institute, spoke at the Veteran's Hall in downtown Santa Cruz about the profound medical, environmental, political, and moral effects of nuclear weapons, nuclear power, and nuclear waste.

Audio: [ Listen to the Stream or Download the mp3 ]

[ Nuclear Policy Research Institute ]

This event was part one of the three part RELEVANT TO NOW lecture series.

see also: Oct. 20 Mike Ruppert and Oct. 27 Kevin Danaher

 

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News :: Health & Drugs

Medical Marijuana Limit Now 3 Pounds in Santa Cruz County

Sheriff Mark Tracy was repeatedly praised by members of the Wo/Men's Alliance for Medical Marijuana (WAMM) for viewing the medical marijuana limit in 'medical' terms as opposed to 'legal'.

Tracy recommended that a board of physicians determine the limit.

Following the physicians' recommendation county counsel drafted an ordinance which allows for medical marijuana users to grow '3 pounds of dried product' per year in a garden up to 100 square feet.

see also:
9/21/04: Grass Busts Downtown Criminalize Young and Poor
9/17/02: Cannabis Distribution at Santa Cruz City Hall

[ Wo/Men's Alliance for Medical Marijuana (WAMM) I Santa Cruz vs. Ashcroft I Indybay's Drug War page ]

 

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News :: Alternative Media : Civil & Human Rights : Media Criticism

Free Radio Santa Cruz RAIDED by the FCC and US Marshals

At 8:20 AM on Wednesday, September 29, armed US Marshals and FCC Agents raided the house from which Free Radio Santa Cruz broadcasts. Agents entered with guns drawn, showing the warrant to a couple of residents but not serving the warrant to anyone at that time. All residents, some wearing only their bathrobes and PJ's, were herded to the sidewalk in front of their house.

Free Radio Santa Cruz was airing Democracy Now! at 37 watts as the FCC Agents and US Marshals (we counted at least 16) worked to get into the studio. By this time FRSC 101.1 FM was airing a pre-programmed interview with Howard Zinn. This interview, in which Zinn read poems by Langston Hughes and Bob Dylan and cited Zora Neal Hurston’s comments against WW2, was in progress when the signal was taken off the air. Listeners of FRSC heard the sound of static for the first time ever due to governmental interference.

Agents videoed community members who lined the street and crowded onto the sidewalk in front of the house in support of the station. Residents were not allowed to bring cameras into their home, nor were they allowed entrance without first having their bags searched.

Freak Radio has been raided after almost 10 years of broadcasting for the Santa Cruz community and listeners around the world via online streaming. FRSC has received strong support from members of the community (audio mp3), including Representative Sam Farr, Mayor Scott Kennedy (audio mp3) and the Santa Cruz City Council.

From the Free Radio Santa Cruz collective:
PRESS RELEASE: Free Radio Santa Cruz Silenced By Federal Government
FRSC Responds to our Supporters
WISH LIST from Free Radio Santa Cruz
Call FCC to Complain
Audio: Station Alert
FREE RADIO SANTA CRUZ NEEDS YOUR HELP
Free Radio Santa Cruz Is Reviewing All Options

Coverage and Analysis:
Initial report I personal account I early update I follow up coverage I back online I internet relays
FRSC: the issue from one geek's perspective
Photos: 1 I 2 I 3 I video and slide show I 120 Photos from the Raid
Audio: On-Scene Coverage I Coverage Compilation I Call to KCSB During the Raid I "Press Conference"
Audio: Freak Radio Raid mix 1 I mix 2 I transmission cut
Audio: Tribute to Free Radio Santa Cruz I The Inner Side #24
Audio: Freak Radio Santa Cruz News Piece
Television: Free Radio Raid on Indynewsreal I Video
Pacifica Radio Board passes resolution in support of Free Radio Santa Cruz & KFAR
Rep. Sam Farr's Letter to Michael Powell of the FCC

Coverage from: Indybay I Portland IMC I DIYmedia I Democracy Now! I Indymedia I Sprouts I mediageek
Translations from Indymedia: english I français I deutsch I italiano I português I deutsch I español

more repression in...
Knoxville, TN: Knoxville First Amendment Radio (KFAR 90.9) Raided by the FCC
Oaxaca, Mexico: Members of Community Radio in Oaxaca Beaten and Jailed

[ Free Radio Santa Cruz I Donate to FRSC I FRSC's Raid Page ]

 

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Announcement :: Alternative Media

Gadabout Film Festival at Barrios Unidos on 10/12; Benefit for Free Radio Santa Cruz

The Gadabout Film Festival took place on Tuesday, October 12, from 5:30 - 9:30 PM at Barrios Unidos located at 1817 Soquel Avenue.

The Gadabout is a nationally touring film festival that seeks to open new avenues of distribution for truly independent filmmakers that get pushed aside by Hollywood and the commercial film festival circuit. Focusing on short, mostly "low to no budget" films, the Gadabout offers an alternative to the cliche world of commercial film.

Photos: Local Poets at the Gadabout Traveling Film Festival
Song and Photos: Kiss Ups Rock Out at Barrios Unidos

[ Gadabout Traveling Film Festival I Girls Not Chicks I Free Radio Santa Cruz ]

 

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News :: Civil & Human Rights : Environment & Food : Globalization & Capitalism

Audio from the Felton FLOW Panel on Water Privatization

On September 23, Felton FLOW (Friends of Locally Owned Water) organized a film screening of Thirst at the Rio Theater in Santa Cruz, CA. Thirst is a new documentary that examines community water conflicts on three continents. 'Thirst' demonstrates that popular opposition to the privatization of water ignites remarkable coalitions that cross partisan lines. When it comes to water, many people demand local control and fear the arrival of multinational corporations with large lobbying budgets and little local accountability.

Thirst also shows that the individual struggles of these communities raise the same profound questions: Is water a human right for all people? Or, is it a commodity to be bought, sold, and traded in a global marketplace?

After watching Thirst, a six speaker panel discussed water issues around the world with a focus on Felton, a rural community in the Santa Cruz mountains. For more information on Felton's struggle for community controlled water resources, visit FeltonFlow.org. Also visit ThirstTheMovie.org.

 

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Interview :: Civil & Human Rights

$5000 Settlement in False Arrest of Activist Downtown

The City of Santa Cruz and Sushi Now owner Matisse Selman agreed to an out of court settlement of $5000 with activist Robert Norse who they falsely arrested on January 30, 2002.

City of Santa Cruz Police Department Sgt. Loran Baker arrested longtime activist Robert Norse for "obstructing the sidewalk" on a "citizen's arrest" from Sushi Now! owner Matisse Selman on January 30, 2002. After videotaping him for several days, Baker then handcuffed and transported Norse to the local police station - though the "crime" was a minor infraction normally handled like a traffic ticket. This was the third time within a 7 month period that Baker had custodially arrested Norse on charges that were later dropped or were never even filed.

Attorney Kate Wells, a long time Santa Cruz civil rights lawyer, along with attorneys Jim and Rhonda Fossbinder, then sued the City, Selman, and Baker in Federal Court for false arrest and violation of the First Amendment right to speak and assemble. Two years later on September 14, the Santa Cruz City Council approved an out-of-court settlement of $5000. Norse interviewed Kate Wells on Free Radio Santa Cruz. Selections from that interview are printed here and in the upcoming October issue of Street Spirit newspaper.

Audio: mp3 45.9 Megabytes of Robert's Interview w/ Attorney Kate Wells

[ HUFF (Homeless United for Friendship and Freedom) I Archive of Robert Norse audio from FRSC ]

 

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News :: Police State

Who Let the Pigs Out? Protesting the Central Coast Gang Investigators Association Conference at the Double Tree Hotel in San Jose

This year alone there has been over a half dozen people killed by police shootings in San Jose.

On February 17, 2004 my father, Rudy Cardenas, became one of them. He was taken from my life forever. My father was shot in the back by state narcotics agent Michael Walker.

My father was running away from Walker who was dressed in regular clothing in an alley in Downtown San Jose. Witnesses said that my father had his hands up saying "Don't shoot." My father's death was unjust and our family demanded an open grand jury for the shooter Michael Walker. The open grand jury was held in July. During the grand jury my family, friends, and the community were disgusted by the series of mistakes that led to my father's death. The State Narcotics Agents did not even follow any of their own procedures. Each agent told a different story on what occurred that day and they were caught in lie after lie. My family had no hope that justice would be served. No state agent had ever been indicted in the history of California. In the end of the grand jury my family was very surprised when the jury came out with their verdict. Walker was indicted on voluntary manslaughter. We did our own research on Walker and found out that he was on the Board of Directors of a group called the Central Coast Gang Investigators Association. The CCGIA is an organization that trains law enforcement on how to deal with gangs. Also on the board was Brian Link, another agent who chased my father. CCGIA was scheduled to give a training in San Jose at the Double Tree Hotel in early September. How could Walker and Link be training other officers procedures when they could not even follow their own?

[ Justice for Rudy Cardenas I Indybay's Coverage ]

 

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Announcement :: Globalization & Capitalism : Peace & War : Police State

Keep Space For Peace: Protest Rally at Vandenberg Air Force Base on Sept. 25

An International Week of Protest to Stop the Militarization of Space will take place from September 25 to October 2. Helen Calidicott is the keynote speaker on September 25 at the Front Gate Protest Rally at Vandenberg Air Force Base in Santa Barbara County. At 11:30 there will be a 3 mile march to the front gate starting at the Hwy 1 on-ramp at Vandenberg Village.

The Bush Administration (after abandoning the ABM Treaty that outlawed missle defenses) plans to deploy missle defense interceptors before the next election as the next step to controlling and dominating space. Fifteen interceptors (that have yet to be proven effective) will be put into the ground at Ft. Greely, Alaska and Vandenberg AFB, California. We oppose the development of the proposed "sheild" from behind which pre-emptive strikes can be launched. Help build support for a U.N. sponsored ban on weapons in space.

Audio and Photo: Raging Grannies: The Best Things In Space Ain't Free
Audio and Photos: Bruce Gagnon's Update on the Privatization and Militarization of Space
Audio: Question and Answer Session

[ Vandenberg Peace Legal Defense Fund I Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space I Womens International League for Peace and Freedom I DISARM committee I Sept 25 – Oct 2 Local Actions ]

 

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